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… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

A Big Shout Out to Local Business

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 by No comments yet

A recent posting to the Williston Forum by FPF member Jeff:

I would like to take a minute to say thank you to Corey and Jake at JC Property Management.

On a recent early Sunday morning, on our way to go to a ski race at Sugarbush, we stopped at a parking lot in Hinesburg to grab something out of the back of our Suburban. Unknown to me, one of our bags fell out of the back. When we got to Sugarbush, we discovered the bag was missing.

After getting home and not finding the bag, we realized what had happened. After driving back to check the parking lot, we called the Police hoping someone turned it in. We also posted on Front Porch Forum. That was the best thing we did.

About a week later I received a call from Kory. He and his partner had found the bag while plowing that snowy morning. He had been searching for the owner. But, there was no identification tags on the bag. He was told by a friend to look on FPF.

Thankfully, he did. We were reunited with the bag. We had offered a reward for the safe return of the bag. Kory would not take the reward. He was just doing a good deed.

I want to thank Kory and the guys at JC Property Management. They are really good, honest guys. If you need work done at your property, I highly recommend giving them a call.

A Kinder, Gentler Social Network

Posted on Monday, February 7, 2022 by No comments yet

Big Tech and social media giants are under the microscope more than ever. Front Porch Forum continues to draw attention from news outlets as the more friendly alternative among sites that are meant to connect us.

Julia Angwin, Editor-in-Chief of The Markup, a popular publication investigating Big Tech, recently spoke with FPF’s co-founder Michael Wood-Lewis to learn more about how FPF keeps conversations neighborly and kind, while other social media sites seem to be losing civility.

Read the full interview here.

Healthy Digital Discourse

Posted on Monday, November 22, 2021 by No comments yet

The Aspen Institute just issued its Commission for Information Disorder final report.  We’re humbled to see Front Porch Forum recognized among a short list of approaches that are making real progress instead of feeding the spread of disinformation.  The commission includes celebrities like Craig Newmark, Katie Couric and Prince Harry, along with an array of national experts. 

FPF was held as an example of how to

Develop and scale communication tools, networks, and platforms that are designed to bridge divides, build empathy, and strengthen trust among communities.

Learn more here.

An Evening of Courageous Conversations

Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by No comments yet

On November 18, FPF participated in a virtual event celebrating Vermonters taking One Small Step. VPR and StoryCorps have spent the last several months connecting residents with different views who might never talk otherwise for a simple, personal conversation. Hear voices from the project followed by an interactive conversation with participants and experts, including Front Porch Forum’s co-founder Michael Wood-Lewis. Learn about the project’s intentions and how to incorporate “courageous conversations” into our daily lives. Listen to the show here.

Front Porch Forum and Braver Angels joined the panel to share how we help facilitate these conversations, build community and provide the tools to do have these conversations.

Thanks for Filling Our Leaf Bag!

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021 by No comments yet

Thanks to thousands of Front Porch Forum members… we made it!  So many folks generously chipped in to reach FPF’s fall Supporting Member Campaign goal. These dollars will fund FPF operations in the months ahead.

If you meant to donate to FPF and haven’t yet had a chance, there’s still time. Please give today!

FPF is a Vermont Public Benefit Corporation and not a charity. Contributions are not tax deductible.

Help FPF Raise $200,000 by Oct 28, 2021

Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2021 by No comments yet

Have you found Front Porch Forum useful during the pandemic?  More and more Vermonters have as they continue to sign up, read and post every day.  If you’re among them, please help us continue to work on our community-building mission and provide our essential civic service to every town in the state.

We need to raise $200,000 statewide from our members by this Thursday, October 28, to meet our fall budget goal.  Please donate today.

If you are in the position to donate to FPF now, please do.  We’re eager to keep FPF going strong.  We need your help to get there.

Please give today and help us fill the leaf bag: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

Thank you,
Front Porch Forum’s 24 employees

FPF is a Vermont Public Benefit Corporation and not a charity. Contributions are not tax deductible. Ad sales to local businesses cover most of our expenses, and your Supporting Member contribution helps close the gap.

While we prefer online donations by credit card or PayPal, we also accept payment by check, with gratitude, at:
Front Porch Forum
PO Box 73
Westford, VT 05494-0073

Do You Value FPF? Please Donate Today

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021 by No comments yet

Today we are launching Front Porch Forum’s annual fall Supporting Member Campaign. If you are able, please support FPF by donating now by credit card, PayPal or check: https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members

With the pandemic and other challenges, more people are using FPF than ever before to stay informed and to reach out to neighbors.  Our workload continues to increase, and our costs and staff have grown accordingly.

We know that many of our members are not in a position financially to make a contribution this year. Regardless, please DO keep using your local FPF.  Your engagement makes a big difference — it’s more important than ever to build community among neighbors.

If you value FPF, please support our work by participating and by donating today.

Thank you.

FPF is a Vermont Public Benefit Corporation and not a charity. Contributions are not tax deductible. Ad sales to local businesses cover most of our expenses, and your Supporting Member contribution helps close the gap.